Countach clone draws a high price at British auction

Classic Countach? Nope, it's a clone built in 2005 | CCA photos
Classic Countach? Nope, it’s a clone built in 2005 | CCA photos

Ah, the enduring lure of the Lamborghini Countach… even when it’s not a real one.

Classic Car Auctions, which specializes in “everyman classics,” staged a sale recently at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre near Leamington Spa in the UK and the car that “stole the show” according to the auction house was a Countach replica. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 2015 Lamborghini Huracan

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2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 620-2 2 Super Trofeo factory race car

Since I began writing predominantly about classic cars, I’ve lost some of my interest in newer models. Each year, the advancements in technology are cool, but I’ve become more interested in the stories behind each vintage car that add to its provenance.

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April Fool’s followup and other news updates

Here's a sight you don't want to see in your rearview mirror | Lamborghini photo
Here’s a sight you don’t want to see in your rearview mirror | Lamborghini photo

Hat’s off to Honda for the best April Fool’s Day gag by an automobile manufacturer, 2017 edition.

Each year of late, automakers have attempted, and in some cases have succeeded, to spring April Fool’s Day jokes on the news media. Last weekend, those jokes included: Continue reading

Miura ends 50th anniversary back at namesake farm

Miura drives back to farm where bulls still are bred | Lamborghini photos
Miura drives back to farm where bulls still are bred | Lamborghini photos

Automobili Lamborghini’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration of its Miura model concluded this month with “Back to the Name,” a visit to the bull-breeding farm in Spain that lent its name to a vehicle that established a new standard for sports cars. Continue reading

Restoration of first-model Lamborghini celebrated at Italian track

The freshly restored Lamborghini 350 GT on the track | Automobili Lamborghini
The freshly restored Lamborghini 350 GT on the track | Automobili Lamborghini photos

After Ferruccio Lamborghini took up the challenge from Enzo Ferrari to build his own darn sports car, his company produced the Lamborghini 350 GTV, a futuristic 12-cylinder coupe that debuted at the 1963 Turin Motor Show. Continue reading

Hagerty chart shows biggest losers in classic car depreciation

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Hagerty

The Hagerty collector car insurance and valuation company recently released the 31st edition of its closely watched Hagerty Price Guide after a period of ups and downs and mood swings in the classic car market.

Among the results were a number of high-profile cars that have depreciated after several years of climbing in value. Among them, such modern supercars as the Ford GT and the Porsche Carrera GT, as well as vintage favorites such as the Toyota 2000GT and the Ferrari Dino 246 GT. Even some so-called blue-chip collector cars, such as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, softened slightly. Continue reading

Amelia Concours marks 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Miura

The Lamborghini Miura was introduced to wild acclaim at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show | Amelia Island Concours
The Lamborghini Miura was introduced to wild acclaim at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show | Amelia Island Concours

The Lamborghini Miura was a landmark supercar. Introduced in 1966 at the Geneva Motor Show, Miura’s mid-mounted V12 engine and remarkably expressive body by Marcello Gandini pointed the way to the future for exotic sports cars.

The 50th anniversary of the Miura, named for an especially ferocious breed of fighting bull, will be celebrated March 13 at the 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida, with a number of the legendary Lambos displayed on the grass at The Golf Club of Amelia Island. Continue reading

2015 top stories: No. 3 – Generational shift of car collectors

The iconic Lamborghini Countach has risen in value as a new generation enters the market | Mecum Auctions photos
The iconic Lamborghini Countach has risen in value as a new generation of collectors enters the market | Mecum Auctions

The passing of the generations has a profound effect on the collector car market. As each generation ages and passes on, the classics that they desire gradually fall out of favor, replaced by later models. We saw that as the World War II generation faded, so did popular interest in pre-war classics and ’50s cruisers, replaced by post-war sports cars, GTs and muscle cars as the Baby Boomers came of age.

During 2015, the influence of the next generation of car collectors became evident as the members of Gen X and the Millennials arrived on the scene and sought out the supercars, performance cars and popular sport compacts from the 1980s and ’90s. Continue reading

Keno Brothers reveal two more cars for first New York auction

The Lamborghini Miura was a groundbreaking statement of supercar design and performance | Keno Brothers photos
The Lamborghini Miura was a groundbreaking statement of supercar design and performance | Keno Brothers photos

The Keno Brothers, who are gradually rolling out the details of their inaugural Rolling Sculpture Auction of “40 significant vehicles” in November, have presented two more of the classic offerings that will roll across the block in Soho, New York.

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RM Sotheby’s lands one-off Lamborghini concept for New York City auction

Lamborghini Concept S features center spine between driver, passenger| RM Sotheby's photos (Darin Schnabel)
Lamborghini Concept S features center spine between driver, passenger| RM Sotheby’s photos (Darin Schnabel)

We weren’t all that surprised last month when RM Sotheby’s announced that it had secured the consignment of the astounding Pinnacle Portfolio of some 30 important post-war sports cars. But what was surprising was that those cars would be offered not at the “Art Automobiles” sale in November in New York City but would be added to the docket for the annual Monterey auction.

What, we wondered, could RM Sotheby’s possibly have lined up for a New York sale that cannot be anything less than a blockbuster event? Continue reading